Is the HVAC system that is in your NJ home over a decade old? Does the heating system require repairs more than once a year? Are there areas of your home that feel colder or warmer than others? If you answered ‘yes’, your heating system could be on the brink of failing.
Be proactive and hire a professional contractor to evaluate your HVAC system.
By replacing your older HVAC system with one that is more efficient, you may be able to save up to $200 a year on your energy bills. An added bonus will be a more comfortable home.
When you plan to replace your heating system in advance, you will have the time to properly research features and pricing options.
However, since the price tag can be high, it is not something that you should do if you are only looking to save money on your utility bill. First, check for issues like duct-work that is leaky. This is a repair that can save your system, and you will also save money on an expensive replacement.
If you truly believe that your heating system will not make it through the colder months, there are several benefits you and your house will experience by upgrading the system.
As previously mentioned, an upgraded system will be more energy efficient, and you will save money over the long term. The minimum efficiency rating for HVAC systems in the United States is around 80%. This percentage is based on studies conducted by AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency). However, there are some furnaces that can experience over 95% efficiency.
More Efficient Performance
A system that is energy efficient may perform better than a unit that does not cost as much. By being energy-efficient, the way the system heats up your home will not be affected. In fact, it may heat your home up faster.
Energy efficient HVAC systems are manufactured with only the best components. As a result, the system may not require as many repairs long term.
The newer manufacturing standards apply to all major household appliances. This means that today’s furnaces have features like:
• Quitter operation
• Dual fuel capabilities
• Variable fan speed settings
Furnaces that have dual fuel capabilities are able to connect to a heat pump for the best efficiency all during the year.
A newer model HVAC system will reduce you and your family’s exposure to carbon dioxide. If you are using an older system, you are at risk of being exposed to a leak. Unfortunately, there are over 10,000 cases of carbon monoxide poisoning every year, and almost 200 of these cases are fatal.
Although regular maintenance will help contractors detect any leaks in your heating system, it is common for these types of leaks to remain undetected because carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless. The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to flu symptoms, so it is possible to be exposed and not realize it.
These are some of the advantages of upgrading your heating system. If you are not convinced, consider having your current heating system evaluated to see if it will last during the winter.